November 30, 2020

The Car History of Alex Beloff III

NORM ROBSON ENCOURAGED ME TO BUY A NEW PONTIAC.  I SAID, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A RED CATALINA CONVERTIBLE.  NORM SAID, I HAVE ONLY ONE COMING IN MEETING THAT DESCRIPTION FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.  BACK THEN YOU COULDN’T GET AS MANY CARS AS YOU WANTED ESPECIALLY THE POPULAR MODELS THAT HAD TO BE EARNED BY YOUR PAST SELLING RATE.

NORM COULD EASILY HAVE GOTTEN LIST PRICE.  HE SOLD IT TO ME AT COST.  IT WAS A NON-AIR 389 2 BBL.  I DIDN’T CARE.  IT WAS GORGEOUS.

I LEARNED FROM MY NEW 1964 GP THAT BY INSTALLING THE 421 FLAGS ON THE FENDERS, PEOPLE WOULDN’T MESS WITH ME AND IT WORKED AGAIN.

THIS CATALINA CONVERTIBLE HAD IT ALL:  METALLIC RED, RED TRIM, WHITE TOP, NO A/C, FACTORY TACHOMETER, TILT WHEEL, TURBO HYDRAMATIC, AND 1959 BONNEVILLE 3 BLADED SPINNER WHEEL COVERS, AN UPSCALE SOUND SYSTEM AND STRAIGHT THROUGH CONSTRUCTION MELLOW DUAL EXHAUSTS.  I SOLD THIS GREAT LOOKING FAST RIDE DURING HOT SUMMER NIGHTS FOR CRUISING.

THIS IS THE DEALERSHIP AT 25 COURT STREET THAT I ENDED UP BUYING AND BECOMING THE DEALER SIX YEARS LATER AT THE AGE OF 30 YEARS OLD.

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHARAOHS

1966 PERU INDIANA — ACROSS THE BRIDGE LEADING TO HIGHWAY 24 IN PERU IS A FAVORITE COOL DRIVE IN FAST FOOD HANGOUT.  ON THEIR WAY TO CHICAGO AFTER PERFORMING IN INDIANAPOLIS WAS THE TEXAS BORN GROUP, SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHARAOHS.  THEY PULLED UP IN TWO CADILLAC FUNERAL HEARSE VEHICLES TO STOP AND EAT.  THEY WERE  DRESSED IN THEIR PHARAOH OUTFITS.  WE ALL ENCOURAGED THEM TO HOOK UP THEIR AMPLIFIERS TO OUTSIDE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS FOR A MINI
CONCERT AND THEY DID!   “WOOLY BULLY” AND “LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD” RANG OUT AND IT WAS PANDEMONIUM.  THE LOCAL POLICE AND THE INDIANA STATE POLICE HAD THEIR HANDS FULL DIRECTING THE TRAFFIC.  I WAS THERE AND SO WAS FORMER PERU MAYOR JIM WALKER.  COOLNESS.  

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